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Tomi Adeyemi Shares The Cover Art For Her Upcoming Fantasy Debut 'Children of Blood and Bone'

Tomi Adeyemi shares the cover art for her highly-anticipated debut novel 'Children of Blood and Bone.'

DIASPORA—Back in April, news surfaced that first-time novelist Tomi Adeyemi's upcoming debut, Children of Blood and Bone had been picked up by Fox 2000 for a film adaptation.


Today, the writer has shared the highly-anticipated book's cover with Teen Vogue, as well as details about the upcoming fantasy novel.

The 23-year-old writer tells Teen Vogue that she wanted to cover to illustrate the "power, beauty and blackness" of the book's central character, Zélie. The artwork is by children's book illustrator and designer Rich Deas.

Children of Blood and Bone, which is the first installment in what is to become a trilogy, tells the story of 17-year-old Zélie who is on a mission to bring magic back to her hometown, Orïsha. The book follows Zélie as she battles a ruler who intends to eradicate magic for good.

"We live in a time where men, women, and children of color are being dehumanized and oppressed and unjustly murdered," says Adeyemi. "Though my book is an epic fantasy, it’s directly tied to all of that pain. There is so much we need to do to rectify these wrongs, and I strongly believe art and education is a big part of that effort. Getting different people to see the 'other' as human beings is greatly needed, and art and education is an incredible way to do that."

Read the full exclusive, here.

Children of Blood and Bone drops on March 6, 2018, you can preorder it now.

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Casanova, Davido & Tory Lanez' '2AM' Will Soundtrack Your Weekend

Flatbush meets Lagos and Toronto in this addictive new single.

Brooklyn rapper Casanova rolls through with an energetic new collaboration with Davido and Tory Lanez.

"2AM" sees the rapper going in over highly-infectious afrobeats-meets-pop beat work, in the same vein as we've heard from massive hits like "Unforgettable." The song was produced by 30 Roc.

The single features the star power of Davido and Tory Lanez which gives "2AM" the increased potential to be one of those huge new jams that'll be getting constant spins this year on both sides of the Atlantic (it's already got the top slot in Spotify's African Heat playlist).

The music video kicks off in Atlanta but eventually follows Casanova to Lagos, where he connects with Davido in Shitta. The clip was directed by Nigeria's Meji Alabi, the creative force behind many of your favorite afrobeats videos.

"2AM" is the lead single from Casanova's upcoming EP, Free At Last, which is due from Roc Nation/Def Jam Recordings on February 15.

We talked to Casanova below to learn a little more about this new collaboration and sound for him.

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Dive Into TOBi's New Music Video For 'City Blues'

The Nigerian-Canadian rapper delivers a solid jam.

TOBi is a Nigerian-born, Toronto-based rapper making music inspired by his early life move to Canada and the experiences around immigration and culture shock.

You might have previously heard his track, "Hidden Fences," closing out the finale of Insecure or gotten into his 2016 debut EP, FYi.

TOBi is now sharing the new single and music for "City Blues," which sees the rapper taking cues from Marvin Gaye's "Inner City Blues" over a beat produced by Free n Losh. It's the first taste we're hearing from his upcoming debut album due later this year.

"[City Blues is] written from one perspective within the African diaspora, pertaining to being caught between two worlds and reclaiming my ethnic identity," TOBi tells OkayAfrica. "Embracing my name has been a crucial part of my personal growth."

"I drew inspiration from the Shakespeare quote: 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.' City Blues speaks about the many roles that a human takes on at once but from my perspective," he adds.

Get into it below.

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Issa Rae to Star In Murder Mystery Rom-Com, 'The Lovebirds,' With Kumail Nanjiani

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The actress and Insecure showrunner is set to star alongside comedian and Silicon Valley star Kumail Nanjiani in the upcoming romantic comedy The Lovebirds, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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